MAGIC AND SORCERY
By definition, magic is the power of apparently influencing events through mysterious or supernatural forces. Another meaning of magic is defined as the art of using spells, charms, and rituals to control supernatural forces, or the art of performing tricks and illusions. Sorcery is the use of an evil supernatural power to control or influence people and their affairs or the natural world; by means of magic.
The use of magic is forbidden in Islam.
كَذَٰلِكَ مَا أَتَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِم مِّن رَّسُولٍ إِلَّا قَالُوا سَاحِرٌ أَوْ مَجْنُونٌ
Allah (Ta’ala) says: “Consistently, when a messenger went to the previous generations, they said, “Magician,” or, “Crazy.”
Man have always known about the phenomenon of sorcery and possession by Jinn (spirits).
It is only those who are influenced by modern materialism who reject it, in the name of science, trying to explain it all through psychology or dismiss it as superstitions.
It is rather surprising to see that some Imams and scholars deny the reality of these phenomena despite it being verified Divinely.
Allah (Ta’ala) clearly assesses the veracity of its effect:
وَمَا يُعَلِّمَانِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ حَتَّىٰ يَقُولَا إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ فِتْنَةٌ فَلَا تَكْفُرْۖ فَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مِنْهُمَا مَا يُفَرِّقُونَ بِهِ بَيْنَ الْمَرْءِ وَزَوْجِهِۚ وَمَا هُم بِضَارِّينَ بِهِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِۚ [البقرة:102]
“These two did not divulge such knowledge. Without pointing out: “This is a test. You shall not abuse such knowledge.” But the people used it in such evil schemes as the breaking up of marriages. They can never harm anyone against the will of Allah.”
We also know that the Nabi (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) was a victim of Sihr and fell sick until Allah (Ta’ala) sent Angels to inform Him that he has been charmed with hair and knots which had been placed under a stone in a dry well that was used as a toilet. He (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) then had to send companions to fetch it and the knots opened by the recitation of the two Surahs of protection, viz. Surah Falaq and Surah Naas. Nabi (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam’s) health recovered after that.
Sorcery is therefore a reality.